All the cool companies are doing it. In fact, Google, Twitter and Facebook all offer their employees ‛food perks’. And those perks can have a big impact — Grubhub’s “Food in the Workplace” survey found that 59 percent of employees would feel more valued by their employers if provided more food perks at the office.

Better than money

That survey’s not an outlier; Glassdoor reported that 79 percent of employees would rather get new or increased benefits instead of a pay raise.

“Companies should not underestimate the impact a food program can have on company culture,” says Jennifer Lupton, Senior Director at Grubhub for Work. “Shared meals provide an opportunity for employees to connect cross-functionally and break down organizational silos.”

Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food ordering company, knows a thing or two about the power of food. “Providing food to employees makes them happier and more productive,” Lupton stresses, noting the positive impact food perks have on employee retention, talent recruitment and company culture.

The right partner

When considering offering food perks to employees, Lupton thinks the right partner is key. “Catering to varied preferences and taking individual dietary requirements into account is not easy,” she notes. Working with a single provider like Grubhub for Work can help employers consolidate billing, set budgets and enforce rules. “The easiest way to do this is by having employees order through a system that applies restrictions automatically at checkout,” Lupton advises.

Today’s talented workers are hungry for more than just a raise — they want an environment where they feel valued and comfortable. Food perks are an economical and exciting way for companies to accomplish that.